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Pulitzer: win for Andrew Greer

Andrew Sean Greer knew he wanted to be a writer when he was 10 years old, writing a self-illustrated book for ...

Nehru: legacy, 16 stormy days

Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of India and the world, it is safely assumed, is an antithesis of that pursued...
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Bengal: An incomplete account of a historical experience

Edited volumes are not the easiest to review. The present one is no exception. The challenge is to find substa...

Love in the time of hate: The amorous jihad

Long before the term, ‘love jihad’, found traction in the popular imagination, Calcuttans had...

Krishnakamal Bhattacharya: Rebellions that still resonate

In Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar’s bicentennial year, perhaps it is also important to remember some other ext...

A startlingly bright debut novel...

Megha Majumdar traces the lives of three distinct characters in a sparkling debut novel titled A Burning that ...

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An endless voyage across turbulent waters

It is not seas alone that separate continents: distance also emerges in the form of different languages, cultures and world-views of people. Yet, human lives across the world are also connected by at ...
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Millions of mutinies on the shelves

Do not judge a person by his bookshelf — it was probably rearranged before the Zoom video call. Bookshelves have suddenly come under intense and unexpected scrutiny since lockdowns were imposed acro...
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An old, bitter contest over history and memory

When a ‘historic’ mosque built in the sixteenth century is brought down in the twentieth because people ‘remember’ it being the birthplace of a ‘legendary’ king in the hoary past, does tha...
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Left without a shelter from the storm

Cyclone Amphan has brought death and destruction to Bengal. However, the winds seem to have blown away public amnesia too, resulting in a renewed interest in Henry Piddington, the man who coined the w...
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The other Darwin

From the cover and the title page, one learns that the book was “released on October 6, 2018 during the 125th birth anniversary celebration” of Meghnad Saha held at the National Academy of Science...
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How Pawar changed politics in Maharashtra

It’s possibly the greatest realignment that has taken place in Indian politics in the last two decades – and it’s one that nobody saw coming. Few political observers could have imagined that the...
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Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's mirror image

Earlier this week, on May 19, was the 484th anniversary of the beheading of Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England and the second wife of Henry VIII. And it is with the scene of her execution that The Mirr...
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Brahmaputra: A life beyond its waters

I like to believe that “Luitor pani jabi o boi (Go flowing on, waters of the Luit)”, a song by Assam’s foremost cultural icon, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, is still one of the first songs someone lear...
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The thrill of no logic

The Blue Jade, as the name suggests none too subtly, is meant to be a thriller. It could also be a travelogue, or a search for destiny inspired by Mirabai, or a tale of awakening, or an award-winning ...
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Lusty blows from the hammer of morality

In 1954, the American psychiatrist, Fredric Wertham, emerged as a mighty adversary to the comic book industry with the publication of Seduction of the Innocent. As strange as it may seem today to fans...
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